Indian Naan bread
Crunchy and render traditional Indian flatbread

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Indian Naan bread

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Ingredients

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2 tsp instant dry yeast
150ml/ 2/3 cup water warm water
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp Salt
280g/ 10oz all purpose flour

Nutritional information

1 Naan
serving size
215
calories
3.2g
Fat
55g
carbohydrates
9.4g
protein

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Features:
  • 30 minutes or less
  • Vegan
  • Vegeterian
Cuisine:
  • 40 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

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Whenever I throw an indian dinner I prepare the delicious indian naan bread as a side dish, it’s fast to make and does not need any special preparations.

This is a basic quick flatbread where all that’s needed is a quick starter dough made out of yeast, sugar and water, with one tablespoon of flour. The starter dough needs about 5 minutes until the bubbles appear and we can use add it to the flour.

The naan itself needs about 20 minutes to one hour in order for the dough to be ready for baking, it’s a fast dough and one of the basics of every indian cuisine dinner.

History first (in short)

We believe Naan existed around 2500 years ago by the time yeast travelled all the way from Egypt (where were used to brew beers) and landed in India.

Todays Naan is believed to come from Persia, levanted breads were not common back then for the common population and were considered to be upper class and royal breads, yeast were not abundant and as such were restricted to the classes which were able to afford them.

Naan was first recorded in the 1300’s by the Persian poet Amir Kushrau as naan-e-tunuk (kind of a light bread) and naan-e-tanuri (cooked in a tandoor oven).

Indian Naan bread – the method

First step in Naan is generate a levanting agent, similar to a quick starter dough, we mix the sugar-yeas-water and a bit of the flour to create a yeast reaction, afterwards we mix the yeast and flour by hand and quick proof the dough for a maximum of 1 hour.

The dough is flexible, can be easily stretched and shaped into any form you desire, working with it is easy just stretch it by hand and place on a baking pan.

Baking the naan

There are a few ways to bake the indian naan bread, the traditional way is the tandoor oven which is a brick, stone, or ceramic pot. The shape varies according to location but the idea is the same a charcoal or wood, fire source, which reaches a high internal temperature that can get to 1000°F/ 500°c , so baking time is very quick.

We try to imitate this action at home however home ovens can usually get as high as 500°F/ 250°c, so the closest we can get to the original conditions is setting the baking pan on the upper rack of the oven and setting the oven on grill mode to be as close as possible to heat source.

In many recipes the naan is made on an iron skillet and cooked from both sides for a few minutes or on direct heat on the gas stove, a method I found very good, but takes more time, so bottom line, go for the oven option, it will produce great effortless crunchy naan with soft texture.

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Steps

1
Done
5-10 minutes

Proof the yeast

In a small bowl add the yeast, sugar and a bit of the warm water, mix until combined
Add 2 tablespoons of the flour to the yeast bowl and mix well, in a few minutes it will begin to froth and you will see bubbles on the surface.

2
Done
20 min-1 hour

make the naan batter

In a large bowl combine the flour and salt, add the yeast mixture, oil and mix well.
Pour the warm water in a steady slow drizzle while mixing the batter.
The dough should be sticky however if too sticky add a bit more flour.
Cover and proof for 20 minutes to 1 hour

3
Done
10-20 minutes

baking the Naan

Preheat the oven to 500°F/ 250°c and set to the grill mode.
Divide the dough into 4-6 pieces, stretch each dough, by hand or with a rolling pin, to an oval shape and place on a baking pan, 2 Naans per pan.
Bake the Naan bread for 4-7 minutes on the upper rack, take out and flip sides (remember, it's on grill mode) and bake for another 2-3 minutes.
Take out Naan and insert a new batch

Yaron Kimhi

Yaron Kimhi

Yaron has been cooking since he was 15 years old and only on his early 20's started to work professionally in restaurants, specializing in French, Italian and Japanese cuisines. After owning a few restaurants, the focus became more of the online culinary aspects of this fascinating profession. when not cooking, or talking about food (most of the time), Yaron practice Yoga and the morning routine has to include Yoga practice.

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